Wrist injury forces Down to call time

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Gaby Down of Great Britain Fencing team poses during a Beazley British Fencing Profiling Day on June 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Beazley) *** Local Caption *** Gaby Down 171676235
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Gaby Down of Great Britain Fencing team poses during a Beazley British Fencing Profiling Day on June 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Beazley) *** Local Caption *** Gaby Down 171676235

Paralympian fencer Gabi Down has made ‘the hardest decision’ of her life in called time on her career at just 17-years-old.

Down was one of the youngest competitors for Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and helped the women’s epee team to finish eighth.

Born with skeletal dysplasia, Down has been crowned national champion in foil and sabre, and was ranked as one of the top para-fencers in the world.

But after suffering a wrist injury, which has ruled her out of international competition in the last 12 months, the Oakgrove student has decided the repercussions of potential surgery are too big to take, and she has instead decided to quit altogether.

“After having nearly a year off, I have come to the decision that I am going to retire from fencing.

“With the state of of wrist injury, I would be needing surgery that would leave me with scar tissue and potentially a worse injury.

“Having weighed up my options, I won’t be going through surgery.

“I want to stay involved with fencing if I can, as it has been such a massive part of my life for six years and I’ve loved every minute of it.”